That’s why I’m working, 14 years later: Asia

Maarten Schmidt

Asia (19 years old) has been slaving away as a housemaid from early morning till late at night. She works 10 hours a day now, often seven days a week, in a sewing sweatshop. She has been married to Masum (24) for a year. According to her, they have a 'love marriage', even though a dowry was paid for her, 'Two hundred euros plus clothing and gold.' For the time being they are not thinking about children, says Asia. 'We are saving for a plot in Borishawa, the village where my parents-in-law live. We will stay for another four or five years, and then we are going to the village, to build a house. If we have kids now, we won't be able to fulfill our dreams.'

Credits

Subtitles
NL | EN
Content rating
AL
Director
Maarten Schmidt
Country
Bangladesh
Type
Documentary
Duration
8 minutes
Themes
children and youth, cultural rights & traditions, education & schools, poverty
Year
2012